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August 06, 2018

Boxwood Side:

Slight lean to the boxwood queen, otherwise 'excellent', good toffee colour and shiny patination.

Ebony Side:

Minor scuff or indentation to base of black bishop, otherwise excellent.


July 27, 2018

Good. The mechanism has been cleaned and re-furbished and is in a good working order.

The green baize to the underside is worn and rubbed. Silver Plaque to the top is blank- ie not inscribed. Slight browning/staining to the dials. Case “Very Good’ with a few age nicks and scuffs.

A nice clock- recommended.


July 18, 2018

Red Side:

‘Very Good’. Tiny chip to ear of knight, 

White Side:

‘Very Good’ to ‘Excellent’. Minor surface dust and dirt.


Rare original wooden box with lid. Ink inscription in Dutch on the lid (partly rubbed), a few ‘dings’ and marks, some cracks and repair to one end of the lid. Otherwise ‘very good’. 


July 17, 2018

White Side:

Chip to rim of white king, minor hairline crack to rook, Otherwise ‘excellent’.

Red Side:

Some rubbing and wear to red stain. Otherwise ‘Very Good”.


Green slightly faded, some scuffs and minor scratches. Lid detached. Green felt interior excellent. Green label very good, with loss to one corner.


July 12, 2018

Excellent. The hinged, folding legs are now set. The ivory and ebony inlay is intact, with no missing areas. A few minor hairline cracks to the wood here and there. The surface top has an attractive shiny, waxed patina.

Nice table. Recommended.


July 04, 2018

Good. All the brass mounts present and intact. Very slight bowing to the top of the wooden cases. Bone tiles complete but slightly yellowed in places, with graduations to the bone visible.

Comes with an oblong dice box (with sliding lid) and a variation on the standard Ming pot- in this case two reversible bone wind discs kept in a bakelite holder.


July 04, 2018

Boxwood Side:

Good toffee colour. Some moth holes to the red baizes. Otherwise ‘Excellent”.

Ebony Side:

A few moth holes to the red baizes. Very minor chafing to edges of bishop. Otherwise ‘Excellent’. 


Good. The usual minor scuffs. 



July 03, 2018

Red Side:

Excellent. Nice, fresh but original red stain.

White Side:

Again, excellent. Very minor hairline age crack to knight. 


A few scuffs, and minor scratches. Period annotations to base in pencil.



June 19, 2018

“Very Good”. Some minor rubbing and wear to the red side. One knight and pawn restored. Green Baizes added at a later date. One red pawn and two white pawns missing baizes.

Board/box generally “Good", but a few antique (defunct) woodworm holes, wear to edges, and shrinkage.

Further photographs available on request.


June 11, 2018

Excellent. Ivory inlay intact without any lifting. A few very minor marks here and there, and the usual very minor surface age scratches. Lovely thing.


June 07, 2018

Good. Some rubbing and minor surface wear.


June 07, 2018

Fully working order. Takes a standard 1.5 v Size C Battery, which you fit by unscrewing the back panel. Lovely quality. A few surface scratches and minor tarnishing.


June 04, 2018

Good. Box in excellent condition. Tiles complete, the bone slightly yellowed in places and here showing natural flaws. One of the blank tiles has a hairline crack to the bone. Comes with quantity of scoring sticks, Tong box and dice box.



May 16, 2018

Good. Lies flat on the table. Nice, shiny patina with an attractive toffee patination.  A few surface marks and very minor ‘dings’. 4cm abrasion to surface of Nine Men Morris board.


May 16, 2018

Boxwood Side:

Unweighted. Very Good, surface slightly dirty. Blue/green felt baize generally good, but with wear to one bishop. 

Ebony Side:

Very Good. Blue/Green felt baize good.


Mahogany box good, with a few surface scratches and age nicks. Green label rubbed and worn. Interior lined in a faded plum coloured baize.


March 27, 2018

Good. Slightly grubby. Slight variation in the size of the stick ‘pawns’. 32 pieces.


March 23, 2018

Excellent. Filigree intact and red stain even. Recommended.


March 23, 2018

Backgammon interior fresh and excellent and in a ‘near mint’ condition. Lovely gilt tooling. Chess exterior with a few scuffs, minor wear, a few ‘dings’and restoration here and there, also very slightly grubby in places; marbled end-papers ‘very good’ with smalll rubbed patch to one side. But generally a very nice board in a hard-to-find decent condition.

Asser & Sherwin counters ‘Very Good’. Sliding lid on box has age crack.


March 22, 2018

Good. Some hairline ‘age cracks’, scuffs to the red dye, minor scratches, hairline age crack to finial of white rook


March 16, 2018

Age wear, rubbing to the stain, age cracks.